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Top 5! Hot Topics That Brought The Heat In July

July has been quite an eventful month in entertainment.

I’m talking about social media wise. Our timelines have been busier more than ever these last couple of weeks, with breaking headlines and coverage over some of the most shocking and just plain idiotic topics to scroll by on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It almost seems as though once the warm weather comes out so does the shade, drama, and scandals. Check out the top 5 hot topics this past month had to offer our social media.

R Kelly’s “Alleged” Sex Dungeon
So “allegedly” R. Kelly turned underage women into sex slaves … so claims the family of one of the young women who is living with the R&B singer. Kelly has since denied the rumors but as you can see social media won’t let it die.

Usher Letting It Burn
This case really threw us all for a loop, Grammy Award-winning singer Usher reportedly had to pay a $1.1 million lawsuit settlement after claims that the performer gave a close family friend herpes.
The woman, who was reportedly a celebrity stylist, and get this, best friends and bridesmaid to Usher’s then wife Tameka Foster accused the performer of “consciously and purposefully” not notifying her of his infection while having unprotected sex. I guess you can say the singer is bringing a whole new meaning to “Let it burn”. Seriously though, wrap it up, it only takes 2 seconds promise.

Donnie and His White House Shenanigans
You guessed it! Donnie has hit us with “another 1” (in my DJ Khalid voice). If it’s not one thing it’s another, after the whole denial of Trump Care going down earlier in the month, to him bashing Sessions via his infamous Twitter account to even STILL finding a way to poke at both former President Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton. Trump has had quite the eventful month. At this point, can you really be surprised with what Donnie is doing? I mean really? He hasn’t even been in office for a year, and he’s caused more hell than ever. At this point just buckle up, and ride with caution, because this is going to be a long, very long 4 years. Oh, and he just banned trans people from the military too. (smh)

Keeping Up With Rob & Chyna
Joanne the Scammer would be proud, Rob and Chyna definitely made headlines for yet another dragged out social media fight. Rob and Chyna went at it once again via Instagram, when Rob accused Chyna of cheating, in which led to a frenzy of leaked photos, videos, and a hell of a lot of shade. However, Chyna has the last laugh because not only was she granted a restraining order out of it, but also a viable lawsuit. Can’t wait to see it all on the new season of KUWTK!

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Introducing Sir and Rumi Carter
I had to keep it cute for the last top moment that July has had to offer. Queen B finally gave us a glimpse of her and Jay-Z’s latest additions to the family. Born on June 13th Sir and Rumi Carter both asleep in mothers arms, made their official debut to the world via Beyonce’s Instagram.The image captioned, “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today” while using several emojis to accent the joyful mood.

 

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July has been quite an eventful month in entertainment.

I’m talking about social media wise. Our timelines have been busier more than ever these last couple of weeks, with breaking headlines and coverage over some of the most shocking and just plain idiotic topics to scroll by on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It almost seems as though once the warm weather comes out so does the shade, drama, and scandals. Check out the top 5 hot topics this past month had to offer our social media.

R Kelly’s “Alleged” Sex Dungeon
So “allegedly” R. Kelly turned underage women into sex slaves … so claims the family of one of the young women who is living with the R&B singer. Kelly has since denied the rumors but as you can see social media won’t let it die.

Usher Letting It Burn
This case really threw us all for a loop, Grammy Award-winning singer Usher reportedly had to pay a $1.1 million lawsuit settlement after claims that the performer gave a close family friend herpes.
The woman, who was reportedly a celebrity stylist, and get this, best friends and bridesmaid to Usher’s then wife Tameka Foster accused the performer of “consciously and purposefully” not notifying her of his infection while having unprotected sex. I guess you can say the singer is bringing a whole new meaning to “Let it burn”. Seriously though, wrap it up, it only takes 2 seconds promise.

Donnie and His White House Shenanigans
You guessed it! Donnie has hit us with “another 1” (in my DJ Khalid voice). If it’s not one thing it’s another, after the whole denial of Trump Care going down earlier in the month, to him bashing Sessions via his infamous Twitter account to even STILL finding a way to poke at both former President Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton. Trump has had quite the eventful month. At this point, can you really be surprised with what Donnie is doing? I mean really? He hasn’t even been in office for a year, and he’s caused more hell than ever. At this point just buckle up, and ride with caution, because this is going to be a long, very long 4 years. Oh, and he just banned trans people from the military too. (smh)

Keeping Up With Rob & Chyna
Joanne the Scammer would be proud, Rob and Chyna definitely made headlines for yet another dragged out social media fight. Rob and Chyna went at it once again via Instagram, when Rob accused Chyna of cheating, in which led to a frenzy of leaked photos, videos, and a hell of a lot of shade. However, Chyna has the last laugh because not only was she granted a restraining order out of it, but also a viable lawsuit. Can’t wait to see it all on the new season of KUWTK!

Introducing Sir and Rumi Carter
I had to keep it cute for the last top moment that July has had to offer. Queen B finally gave us a glimpse of her and Jay-Z’s latest additions to the family. Born on June 13th Sir and Rumi Carter both asleep in mothers arms, made their official debut to the world via Beyonce’s Instagram.The image captioned, “Sir Carter and Rumi 1 month today” while using several emojis to accent the joyful mood.

 

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Jaden Michael Cast As Young Colin Kaepernick in Netflix’s Scripted Series

Netflix’s scripted series based on the life of Colin Kaepernick has found its star in Colin in Black & White, Jaden Michael! The series, as you may recall, is being filmed by Ava DuVernay.

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Netflix’s scripted series based on the life of Colin Kaepernick has found its star in Colin in Black & White, Jaden Michael! The series, as you may recall, is being filmed by Ava DuVernay.

via People

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Netflix’s Colin Kaepernick Series Casts Jaden Michael as Former NFL Star and Activist
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Michael, 17, has previously appeared in Todd Haynes’ drama Wonderstruck, Baz Lurhmann’s The Get Down, and indie film Custody. Most recently, he starred in Lorne Michaels’ comedy, Vampires vs. The Bronx.

Michael Starrbury is executive producing and writing for Colin in Black & White, alongside DuVernay, 47, and Kaepernick, 32, who will also be the narrator.

The six-episode series was conceived in 2019 and its script was finished this year. According to Netflix, the series will explore Kaepernick’s years as a Black teen growing up with a white adoptive family and how it informed the person he is today.

Starrbury and DuVernay last worked together on Netflix’s limited series When They See Us, which received 16 Emmy nominations and was recently honored with a Peabody Award.

This is great casting as Jaden looks a lot like a young Colin Kaepernick and he is a great actor.

We cannot wait to see how the series plays out and what it reveal about Colin that may not know. We will keep you posted as more news about the series comes available.

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Two Ugandan Officials Face Arrest for Charges on Torturing Homeless LGBT Youth

Hate and homophobia have no borders, especially in the African country of Uganda, in constant violation of the human rights of LGBT people. Now, two Ugandan officials face arrest and charges for torturing homeless LGBT youth.

The two officials, who have repeatedly ignored court summons, have now been issued arrest warrants for over 76 acts of torture.

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Hate and homophobia have no borders, especially in the African country of Uganda, in constant violation of the human rights of LGBT people. Now, two Ugandan officials face arrest and charges for torturing homeless LGBT youth.

The two officials, who have repeatedly ignored court summons, have now been issued arrest warrants for over 76 acts of torture.

via The G-Listed

ugandan officials charged with torturing lgbt youth

The arrest warrants came in the case of 20 LGBT Ugandans who spent 50 days on remand in a Ugandan prison on charges of violating Covid-19 orders by living in a homeless shelter run by the Children of the Sun Foundation (COSF). After their release, they accused Ugandan officials of mistreating them during the March 29 raid on the COSF shelter and during their incarceration.

The warrants were issued against Haji Abdul Kiyimba, the LCIII chairperson of Kyengera Town Council,  and Philemon Woniala, the deputy officer in charge of Kitalya Mini-Maxi Prison, for repeatedly failing to appear in court to answer charges of torturing LGBT youths.

The warrants were approved 14th October during a court session presided over by the Chief Magistrate of the central District of Wakiso, which is just outside the Ugandan capital, Kampala.

Kiyimba and Woniala had been summoned to attend court on 26th August and again on 14th October, according to a statement issued by Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF). They face charges of violating Sections 2 and 4 of the Prevention and Prohibition of Torture Act.

“The two accused persons, however, chose to ignore the Court Summons and never appeared personally in Court to answer to the charges, which conduct amounts to contempt of Court,” stated Patricia Kimera, HRAPF’s Programmes Director for Access to Justice.

We are praying that justice is served for these heinous acts and are asking the global community to do their parts to ensure their conviction. #AllBlackLivesMatter EVERYWHERE!

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[REVIEW] Fashion & Fashion Faux Pas! The Vanguard Fashion Show Has a Promising Start

COVID-19 has largely derailed social events in Atlanta, and the world at large. However, as learn to live with the virus, here and there events are making a comeback.

The first autumn event falls to Kiid Fro’s “Vanguard Fashion Show,” and it was an event definitely worth talking about!

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Photo Credits: Matthew Harris (IG: @scoobylx, ScyFlyCreations)

COVID-19 has largely derailed social events in Atlanta, and the world at large. However, as learn to live with the virus, here and there events are making a comeback.

The first autumn event falls to Kiid Fro’s “Vanguard Fashion Show,” and it was an event definitely worth talking about!

Grade: B-

The event took place Saturday night, October 17th, in a surprisingly stylish venue in Downtown Atlanta. There were a couple of socialites and notable members of the city’s Black LGBT community gathered to watch some of the latest fashion lines of the season. The show begin with a late start but was overlooked largely thanks to the venue’s tasty drinks–sangrias we believe–and great conversations with fellow Kontrol Magazine’s Lifestyle Editor, Byron Jamal, media personality, Imani Vanzap; a rising star and “auntie” of Atlanta’s Black LGBT community, “About Him’s” Brandon Karson Jordan, Outpour Media Productions LGBTQ owner, Antar Bush, and Carl Levonzell aka K $tarr, an actor, indie rapper, and hilarious radio personality.

When the show finally began, and in between intermissions, we were able to see some amazing pieces of fashion. Never before, have I been to show where I liked all of the lines, or even more so saw pieces that I can actually see everyday people wearing. All of the lines pulled off high fashion with their own touch of haughtiness with the functionality of “The Everyman” in mind. Nevertheless, the lines must be chastised for their lack of plus-sized male models. The diversity was blaringly lacking in that department. More brands are now embracing bigger men–Savage x Fenty, Target–and even New York Fashion Week had one plus sized male model. This is something we hope will be corrected in the future.

However, we must admit we loved Jae Amour’s “The Penthouse Collection” and Soomar’s lines the most. We are familiar with both their work and have seen nothing but growth in the right direction from these designers.

However, the event was marred, as aforementioned by tardiness, long intermissions between the presentation of the fashion lines, and sound issues which seemingly crippled what could have been a great opening performance–the Voice of Array has “The Range.”

We did like Kiid Fro’s handling of the media, he was respectful, hands on, and ensured any information needed was freely given or arranged–Atlanta take notes! Also he mirrored Issa Rae’s philosophy of “reaching across the table” to friends, family, and associates to get his event off the ground using them as performers, models, media, and staff.

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Zoe Effect Black Z-Pack Bag

As a finishing touch noted guests were given Z-Packs as gift bags! These cute little bags definitely follow the trend in high mens fashion of now having little bags to compliment trendy outfits.

For this to be Kiid Fro’s first event earns him some major cool points. His general love and the admiration and respect he garners from his community is somewhat heartwarming and enviable. We will be watching. Kudos.

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